On Wednesday, this sad note was posted on a discussion group by Rich's wife:
"Rich died early this morning. It appears that he suffered a massive heart attack in his sleep. He did not have a history of heart disease, so this was sudden and quite unexpected. It doesn't seem possible to me that Rich is gone. I am at a loss to express how profoundly I will miss him (I already do!).My own son, Jamie, has been using parts of Rich's protocol to try to improve his overall level of functioning and ability to tolerate his Lyme treatment (with some success). When I e-mailed questions about the protocol to Rich, whom I had never met, he answered my note - in great detail - and continued to advise us whenever I had questions.
I am trying to figure out how to begin notifying everyone who will want to know. Please feel free to repost this message on any forum or group where people who interacted with Rich will want to know of his passing.
Diana Van Konynenburg"
For those interested in Rich's theories, this article on glutathione explains some of the basis behind his theories.
The ME/CFS community has lost a great researcher and advocate. May he rest in peace.